If you’re anything like us, your jewelry collection has probably gotten smaller over the years (goodbye hoards of costume jewelry), which means you’re wearing each piece more. And that means that jewelry care is even more important because you want those pieces you love to last.
So we turned to expert Kara Yoo for tips on how to make your necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings last for years to come. Turns out it’s actually pretty simple!
Use a lint-free jewelry polish cloth and gently rub to remove any tarnish or restore shine. Avoid polishing plated items.
Avoid using chemical jewelry cleaners as they are often bad for the environment, your skin and could damage your jewelry if used improperly. Try using mild soap or toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to clean your pieces. Avoid doing this on plated items.
Always store your jewelry in a dry place and separate from other jewelry which could scratch your piece. Cloth pouches or resealable baggies work great.
To minimize tarnish, store your jewelry in an airtight container such as a resealable bag.
Remove all jewelry before taking a shower or using any harsh chemicals such as perfumes, chlorine, hairspray etc. which can cause a dullness in appearance or damage the metal.